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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Leonardo's Notebooks Book Review


Leonardo's Notebooks Book Review

About the Book: The award-winning and bestselling collection of the exquisite, annotated notebooks of Leonardo now in paperback. Culled from more than 7,000 pages of sketches and writings found in various rare books, papers, and other resources throughout the world, Leonardo's Notebooks presents, for the first time, an exhaustive collection of the insights and brilliance of perhaps the finest mind the world has ever known.

H. Anna Suh selected the most fascinating of these studies, penned in the mid-15th century, and compiled them into one monumental volume that showcases Leonardo's observations and clearly illustrates them with more than 1,000 of his original sketches and exquisite line drawings. These elegant studies are of myriad topics, such as the nature of water, light and shade, perspective, philosophy, botany, astronomy, the proportions of the human figure, and many other subjects. The artwork has been carefully arranged with the text to augment and illuminate Leonardo's writings. In addition, his handwritten notes and fascinating marginalia are deciphered and translated.

Our Take: Leonardo DaVinci was a brilliant man.   Most people know him for his paintings, but he was responsible for far more than that.  His mind helped to inspire everything from the hang glider to the hydrolic pump.  He was so diverse in his creativity that he deserves a deeper look.  His thoughts and inventions were so far ahead of their time that many of them wouldn't be fully comprehended for hundreds of years.

In Leonardo's Notebooks we get a look inside DaVinci's sketch work.  Its clear that you're getting a peek into the mind of a genius.  An absolute creative genius.  I'm an artist and I myself have sketch books...I can assure you they're nothing like this, lol.  DaVinci has had his name in the spotlight in the past few years, due to that DaVinci code novel and all of the religious nonsense surrounding his works, but when you delve into the core of his work and his ideas, DaVinci was quite the forward thinker.  This man had a gift and was so far ahead of his time that its really quite sad that he couldn't see most of his works become a reality.  To him, this may have all been a fantasy.

You don't have to just appreciate art to get into this softcover book.  Its a great coffee table piece and is very inspirational to flip through.   You can get a wider understanding of his work and ideas, which span far beyond his paintings.  I highly recommend this book to anyone that is interested in art, history and or just interesting inventions.

How to Buy: Amazon.com or The Black Dog and Leventhal Site